Hino, Cummins announce new production partnership

Cummins and Hino announced this week during the virtual NTEA Work Truck Show that Hino intends to produce medium- and heavy-duty Hino trucks with Cummins engines for sale in North America.

Hino says it intends to offer Cummins B6.7 and L9 engines in Hino's L and XL Series models by the end of 2021.

"We are thrilled to offer Cummins' proven B6.7 and L9 engines," says Hino's Bob Petz, senior vice president, Vehicle and Parts Sales. "The reliability, performance and durability presented with Cummins engines coupled with the award-winning Hino conventional cab will provide our customers the Ultimate Ownership Experience."

"The Cummins B6.7 and L9 have an unmatched legacy in the medium-duty space, with nearly 80 years of combined production history," adds Amy Boerger, Cummins' vice president and general manager, North America On Highway. "We are confident Hino customers with Cummins engines will continue to enjoy low cost of operation ownership with our combined offering."

Hino also announced it plans to redirect engineering and other resources to accelerate the development of the battery electric vehicle (BEV) portion of Project Z, the company's development path to zero emission vehicles (ZEV). The company had previously announced plans to develop and produce a full range of class 4 through 8 Battery Electric Trucks by 2024. It is now planning to begin low volume production of the BEV models in the fourth quarter of 2022, ramping up to full production by the end of 2023, Hino states.

"Our industry is in the midst of a generational shift from traditional vehicles to Zero Emission Vehicles," says Hino's Glenn Ellis, senior vice president, Customer Experience. "This new partnership is in line with the recent shift we have seen among other OEMs who are looking to strong industry partners to help offset their growing R&D investments into new ZEVs."

Hino claims it will begin production of Cummins powered trucks at the West Virginia and the Woodstock plant in October 2021, using engines built by Cummins at its Rocky Mount Engine Plant in North Carolina.

Hino plans to make the Cummins B6.7 engine available in the L Series by the end of 2021, initially offering the engine in two ratings: 240 HP and 260 HP. The B6.7 will be paired with Allison's 2000 and 3000 Series transmissions. Starting in 2022, the Cummins L9 engine will be available in Hino's XL Series model, initially in three ratings:  300 HP, 330 HP and 360 HP. The L9 can be paired with Allison's 3000 or 3500 Series transmission or an Eaton manual, the company says.

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